Last Update 0:5
Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Russia needs more work with Egypt on airport security before tourists return: Putin

The Russian president said that efforts between both counties are continuing to ensure security at Egyptian airports

Ahram Online , Thursday 14 Apr 2016
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with top officials of the Federal Security Service (FSB, Soviet KGB successor) in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 (Photo: AP)
Views: 2237
Views: 2237

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that for his country to resume flights to Egypt, Russian officials need to work with Egyptian authorities in checking passengers and luggage boarding flights, Russian news agency TASS reported.

"No such scheme has been agreed upon so far but our special services and law enforcement bodies are working with Egyptian friends on this issue," Putin stressed.

In November 2015, following the downing of a Russian airliner over Sinai that killed 224 people, Russia and several European countries suspended flights to Egypt's Red Sea resort cities of Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada, citing concerns over security conditions at Egyptian airports.

Russian tourists represent on e of the largest groups of international visitors to Egyptian resorts on the Red Sea.

At the time of the airliner crash, it is estimated that some 80,000 Russian citizens were staying in Hurghada alone.

Last month, Egypt hired a British security firm to reevaluate security measures at its airports.

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.